Chinese name: 皿

Pinyin: mǐn

English name: vessel

Imagery: a bronze vessel

History of radical: This radical is called vessel and it is usually placed to the bottom of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a large bronze vessel used for serving food. Characters with this radical relate to containers.

For example:

  • 盆(pén): basin; tub
  • 盘(pán): plate
  • 盒(hé): box